"...without the Union, he wouldn't have received the wages he deserved." is the lie and fallacy of unionism. "deserved"?@Sister Kathryn Lust:
"Gee, Nuc, I sure wish that were true. I was raised by two different 'dads', one my father, and one my mother's 2nd husband, and their view of unions was radically different. My father saw them as a scourge (he sold steel pipe and tube to various oil companies for a living) and the other saw them as a tool (he was one of only three County Commissioners, of the 77 counties in the State we lived in, NOT to be indicted for malfeasance of public funds in 1981.) Neither harbored any illusions that the Unions were working for the working man, even 30 years ago."
Apparently, your father and stepfather didn't know many Union working men. My husband was a Journeyman electrician for 42 years and I can tell you that without the Union, he wouldn't have received the wages he deserved. He worked in construction, often out in harsh weather or dangerous surroundings and conditions. Thank goodness for OSHA, too. I'm not sure at this point, where Unions are headed, and there may be some that are bad, but not all. Without Unions for some types of jobs, people wouldn't be paid what they're worth - slave labor, and working conditions would be unsafe, just as it once was back in the Great Depression days. I know not everyone will agree with me, but the Union was a Godsend for our family and I'm grateful for it.
What does "deserved" mean in your book? He's a nice guy so he deserves to get paid more? If there was only one electrician in America, he/she could demand a million dollars per hour. If there were 20 million electricians, their wages would be set lower by the market. Artificially propping up income or prices is dead wrong because it skews and distorts the natural flow between supply and demand with bad consequences.
If I bake Twinkies for a living should I "deserve" to make $150, 000 per year? A quarter million?$30 grand? Who should decide what is "deserved" and what is not? It used to be that markets made that determination. Now, Congressional Leftists have determined to set wages. Because it buys them votes.
Professional athletes sign multi-million dollar multi-year contracts because the market allows for it. But then they organize into unions to demand even more. As long as the stupid fans are willing to pay for those artificial strong-arm marketplace tactics in their beer prices, parking and ticket prices... then so be it. A Fool and his money....
When corporations corner a market it's called an illegal Monopoly. When they collude to fix prices, it's called illegal price-fixing. When Unions corner markets through closed-shop practices or when they engage in price-fixing through standardized wage levels or other tactics like teachers' precious Tenure, it is NOT called illegal anything.
Inside the construction and manufacturing industries, Skilled Trades Apprenticeships are often handed out through nepotism, cronyism and unwarranted racial quotas, all crooked distortions of labor markets. So when I hear someone speak about how someone in a union gets the wages they "deserve", I smell more burnt Twinkies in the Devil's own kitchen of stupidity.